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Musically Montessori "Vlog": Puppets, Music and Kids Go Together!

SINCE THE FIRST ONE WAS INTRODUCED TO CHILDREN, PUPPETS HAVE HISTORICALLY INTRIGUED LITTLE ONES, AND YOUR MONTESSORI MUSIC LESSON IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO USE THIS TOOL!

Scroll down to watch my video for ideas to engage your children in musical activities using puppets.



TODAY'S "VLOG"
Here is a 5 minute video that shows excerpts from my eCourses to give you some ideas of how to use puppets in your Montessori Music curriculum. I hope you enjoy!

"Puppets and Making Music in the Montessori Music Lesson"





STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS WITH PUPPETS
1. As always, I make sure to explain to the children that the musical stories that we are learning about have some imaginary parts. (However, I still steer clear of stories with talking animals, monsters, and super heroes.) Some of the stories I have featured in my eCourses are Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute". 

2. I adapt the musical stories that I introduce to the children, and I avoid the parts about sword fights, or scary dragons. You can see  the details of how I do this in my eCourses.

3. When I am using plush puppets (as compared to stick puppets) I always show the children how I put my hand or finger inside the puppet and that is how it moves.

4. Whenever possible, I create a shelf work so that each child can make their own puppet to go along with the musical story.


RESOURCE LINKS FOR PUPPETS

Here are my favorite resources for creating Nutcracker Dancer stick puppets with the children:


Sarah Jane Nutcracker Puppets on Etsy




Nutcracker Super Bundle at TpT




Animal Puppets from Folkmanis







My granddaughter in Japan made the templates for the delightful "Papageno & Papagena" stick puppets in the above video. 


That set of puppets is one of the many beautiful downloads in my first eCourse, Musically Montessori: "First Twelve Weeks."




My newest eCourse  Musically Montessori: "Nutcracker Suite for Little Kids" is a "mini course" consisting of four sessions to give you a magical music Unit to celebrate the season. 



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